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Announcing the 2019 academic job market conference

The goal of the conference is to help PhDs move into meaningful, rewarding careers where they can thrive.


Our academic job market conference is coming up quick!

It begins with live sessions (entirely online, delivered via webinar) on Saturday, September 21, and continues through to September 28. All sessions will be recorded and the videos available to watch later, from October 1.

You might wonder why Beyond the Professoriate is programming for the academic job market. It’s common for PhDs to be on both job markets at the same time, and we used to think graduate students, postdocs, and other PhDs on the academic market were well-supported in their applications. Many are, but a great many are not. We’ve learned over the last year that there is a need for the kind of work we do when it comes to the academic job market and academic careers more generally.

Our goal is to help PhDs move into meaningful, rewarding careers where they can thrive. And because we know those careers can be in academia – yes, there are still tenure-track jobs out there – we’ve now got your back in your search there, too.

We’re so thrilled to launch this conference! Please join us for 13 transformative sessions, including:

  • six instructional seminars on all aspects of the application process, from deciding when you’re ready to “go on the market” to crafting research and diversity statements and putting together a teaching portfolio;
  • three seminars on crucial aspects of academic career building, from networking to managing your research- and teaching-focused careers; and
  • four career panels featuring tenure-track, tenured, and other full-time professors working across institution types in Canada and the U.S.

Here’s the full line up. To learn more, download the program, and register to attend (or watch the replay) on our website.


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Welcome to the Conference
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. EST

Jennifer Polk, PhD, and L. Maren Wood, PhD
Beyond the Professoriate

How to Decide When to Go on the Academic Job Market
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST

Laura Lohman, PhD
Director, center for the advancement of faculty excellence
Queens University of Charlotte

The Application Package: Your Academic CV and Cover Letter
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EST

Andrew Green, PhD
Associate director, graduate students and PhDs, career center
University of California, Berkeley

How to Write a Research Statement for Academic Job Applications
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST

Daniel Olson-Bang, PhD
Director, office of professional and career development, graduate school
Syracuse University

How to Write a Teaching Portfolio for Academic Job Applications
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. EST

Barbi Honeycutt, PhD
FLIP It Consulting

How to Write a Diversity Statement for Academic Job Applications
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

Amruta Inamdar, PhD
Career services consultant, graduate student specialist, center for career opportunities
Purdue University

Monday, September 23, 2019

How to Manage Your Research Career
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST

Reinhart Reithmeier, PhD
Professor, department of biochemistry
University of Toronto

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

How to Network Successfully in Academia (and Why You Need To)
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST

Jen Heemstra, PhD
Associate professor, department of chemistry
Emory University

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

How to Put Together a Teaching Portfolio for Academic Job Applications
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST

Laura Schram, PhD
Director of professional and academic development, Rackham Graduate School
University of Michigan

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Careers at Teaching-Intensive Institutions
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST

Morris Grubbs, PhD
Assistant dean, graduate student professional enhancement
University of Kentucky

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Panel: Working at a Research-Intensive University
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST

Andrés Cisneros, PhD
Professor, department of chemistry
University of North Texas

David Shorter, PhD
Professor, department of world arts cultures/dance

Melissa Vogel, PhD
Professor, department of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice
Clemson University

Panel: Working at a Comprehensive University
12:15 p.m. –  1:15 p.m. EST

Christopher Aiken, PhD
Assistant professor, department of kinesiology and dance
New Mexico State University

Amy Gansell, PhD
Associate professor, department of art and design
St John’s University

Katy Tarrant, PhD
Assistant professor, animal sciences and agricultural education
California State University, Fresno

Panel: Working at a Teaching-Focused Institution
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST

Brooke Carlson, PhD
Assistant professor, division of humanities and fine arts
Chaminade University of Honolulu

May Hara, PhD
Associate professor, education department
Framingham State University

Darrell Lovell, DPA
Assistant professor, department of political science and criminal justice
West Texas A & M University

Panel: Working at a Canadian Institution
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EST

Rita M. Palacios, PhD
Professor, school of liberal studies
Conestoga College

Amy Stevens, PhD
Assistant professor, department of chemistry
University of Saskatchewan

Jared Wesley, PhD
Associate professor, department of political science
University of Alberta

Want in? Register here.

Jennifer Polk
Jennifer Polk is a career coach and entrepreneur. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto in 2012. For more information and resources, check out her website:
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